World of Tea Series

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Rainier Valley Cultural CenterThank you so much for your support of the Northwest Tea Festival over the past eight years. We are pleased to continue our exciting and varied series of year-round tea events. The monthly series presents a unique opportunity for you to further explore the World of Tea and expand your tea knowledge and experience.

Events will be presented on the third Saturday of the month, in the lower event space of Rainier Arts Center in Columbia City (Southeast Seattle).


Events:

Saturday, May 20, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Andrew Goodman Location: Rainier Arts Center

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The May World of Tea event will be a tasting of at least 5 Wuyi Oolongs, presented by The Happy Tea Man, Andrew Goodman.
The teas will include familiar teas and lesser known teas, ranging in cost from $4/oz. to $25/oz., which will provide a broad overview of this wonderful category of teas.
$20/person.
Limited to 12 participants.


Saturday, April 15, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Rainier Arts Center

April's World of Tea event will be an educational tasting with Crimson Lotus Tea. They will bring a number of different Puer teas for event attendees to taste, and they will provide information on Puer tea and their experience with tea production in Yunnan.
Saturday, April 15 at 10 AM - 12 PM
$25 per person, limited to 15 people.


Saturday, March 18, 2017 -
10:00am to 1:00pm
Presenter: Cinnabar Wright Location: Rainier Arts Center

Korean Teas

Join us in the next installment in the World of Tea Series for an exploration of teas from Korea. In this special tasting we will taste three different Korean green teas and one Balhyocha, which sometimes considered an oolong, and sometimes called a yellow tea. The teas are all wonderful, and there will be exampled of traditional and contemporary Korean tea wares used for preparing the tea.

The cost of the event is $15 per person, limited to 15 people.


Saturday, February 18, 2017 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Cinnabar Wright

Post Fermented Teas

Join us in the next installment in the World of Tea Series for an exploration of post-fermented teas from the Hunnan, Anhui, and Guangxi provinces of China, most commonly referred to as “Hei Cha.” This is a varied category of teas that are related to Puer, but each region has its own distinctive production techniques and resulting tea characteristics. The tasting will include at least 6 teas, including Bai Liang, Tian Jian, Liu An, and Liu Bao.

The cost of the event is $15 per person, limited to 15 people.


Saturday, November 19, 2016 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Roberta Fuhr Location: Rainier Arts Center

girl Scout Patches

The November World of Tea event is a special collaboration with the Girl Scouts of Western Washington.

Tea & Cultures will introduce girls to traditions in tea in China, Japan and India.  We will make tea using traditional tools with girls participating in using the tools and making tea for others.  We’ll learn about the three cultures and how tea made its way from China (its origin) to each of the other countries . Girls will learn about the science and botany of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis and how white, green, oolong, black tea and pu’erh are made. Tea & Cultures will introduce girls to traditions in tea in China, Japan and India.  We will make tea using traditional tools with girls participating in using the tools and making tea for others.  We’ll learn about the three cultures and how tea made its way from China (its origin) to each of the other countries . Girls will learn about the science and botany of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis and how white, green, oolong, black tea and pu’erh are made.

Fee for Girls Scouts: $20

Adult Fee: No fee for observing; $20 per person for participating


Saturday, July 16, 2016 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Roberta Fuhr Location: Rainier Arts Center

Tea Paring

Discover the tea and food combinations that delight and excite you! Everyone’s personal chemistry is different and pairings that one person likes may not appeal to another. In this class we taste five single origin teas with nine different savory, sweet, pungent and bitter tastes—a myriad of combinations to give you a tasting adventure. We use tasting sheets so that each participant can record perceptions and play with your own favorites well after the class. Wonderful for ages 10 to adult.

(Foods may contain animal products, gluten, nuts, and other ingredients so please be mindful of your own allergies or sensitivities.)


Saturday, May 21, 2016 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Cinnabar Wright Location: Rainier Arts Center

Purple Tea

At this focused tasting, we will taste teas grown and produced in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Rwanda. There will be a variety selected from the categories of white, green, black, oolong, and possibly a dark tea (puer style). Each country's teas have their own distinctive character, and these will all be true teas, from the Camelia sinensis plant. (We will not be tasting any Rooibos, which is grown and produced in South Africa.)

$18 per person.


Saturday, April 16, 2016 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Jeffrey McIntosh Location: Rainier Arts Center

Jeffrey Mcintosh

Come join us on a journey to one of the most ancient and elite experiences from the East. The featured item for this event will be the renowned Agarwood Puerh Tea. This wood, in combination with tea has been used for it’s strong health benefits and calming effects for thousands of years. We invite you to come try this rare and unique tea first hand and engage in live conversation with tea master Jeffrey McIntosh about the agarwood and puerh.


Saturday, March 19, 2016 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Cinnabar Wright Location: Rainier Arts Center

Vietnam Teaware

Our March World of Tea event will be a focused tasting of five different teas from Vietnam, with selections of green, black, and oolong teas. These are fine teas that are not typically found on offer from tea sellers in the United States. We think you will find them surprisingly delicious.

$16 per person.


Saturday, February 20, 2016 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Rainier Arts Center

Japanese Tea

This will be an adventure in tasting several of the fine Japanese teas that were brought back by Heather Porter (who writes the blog Hanamichi) on her most recent trip to Japan. We will taste at least 6 excellent quality teas, and we will be using fine Japanese tea wares in their preparation and consumption. Join us!

A couple of the teas:

Kamigokoro is a kabusecha from Ocha no Kanbayashi in Uji. The Kanbayashi family began producing tea in Uji in the mid-16th century and are the only tea family in the region to continue to produce tea through the upheavals of the Meiji Restoration and into modern times.

Tougenkyou from Cha Cha no Ma in Tokyo was hand-plucked from new tea plants in Shizuoka. The name is Japanese for Shangri-la, the Peach Blossom Land, and refers to the delicate peach overtones of this sencha.

$15 per person. Limit 15 guests.


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Photos from the World of Tea Series:

Japanese Tea and Sweets
Tatsuo Tomeoka